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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.73

Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring breathless excitement to Brahms in Sydney

By , 25 November 2018
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Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony © Andreas Herzau
Bamberg

From the frozen North to autumnal Bohemia: the Bamberg Symphony tackle Abrahamsen and Brahms

By , 01 November 2018
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Paarvo Järvi © Ixi Chen
Berlin

Restless spirits: a programme of Lutosławski and Brahms

By , 18 October 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Petrenko’s Brahms reaches Alpine summits on the Mersey

By , 18 October 2018
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © Manuel Ajans | Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

Elegy, energy and epic dimensions: Dvořák and Brahms in Lucerne

By , 08 September 2018
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Paul Lewis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Prom 15: Gernon, Lewis and the BBC Philharmonic keep things on the move

By , 25 July 2018
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Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
London

La dolce vita and Sommerfrische: Mendelssohn and Brahms from Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia

By , 24 May 2018
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Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Boston

Brahms in the twilight: Haitink and Ax with the Boston Symphony

By , 05 May 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Australian World Orchestra © David Collins
Sydney

From little things, big things grow: The AWO returns to Sydney

By , 02 May 2018
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
London

Heavenly Strauss from Damrau, but leaden-footed Brahms from the LPO

By , 03 March 2018
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
New York City

Muti and the Chicago Symphony demonstrate the benefits of a long-lasting relationship at Carnegie Hall

By , 10 February 2018
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Myung-whun Chung and Leonidas Kavakos © Silvia Lelli
Milan

Myung-whun Chung and the Filarmonica della Scala soar in Brahms 2

By , 05 February 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
Seattle

Dausgaard shows the wisdom of Seattle Symphony's choice

By , 27 January 2018
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Edo de Waart © Jesse Willems
New York City

A world première and standard repertoire from Edo de Waart and the New York Phil

By , 30 November 2017
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Brahms and Beethoven from the NDR Radiophilharmonie at Cadogan Hall

By , 24 November 2017
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony at Disney Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Los Angeles

Chicago and Muti keep it safe, delivering potent Brahms at Disney Hall

By , 22 October 2017
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Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
London

Veronika Eberle wows in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

By , 15 October 2017
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Davis Afkham conducts the BSO © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Akfham brings out the best from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood

By , 18 August 2017
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Paavo Järvi © Ixi Chen
London

Prom 26: Paavo Järvi’s baton permeates a nexus of tight-knit shapes

By , 03 August 2017
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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
London

A classy collaboration: Igor Levit and Fabio Luisi ooze quality in Beethoven and Brahms

By , 16 March 2017
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Dublin

A fruitful partnership: Nathalie Stutzmann delivers a convincing Brahms 2 in Dublin

By , 13 January 2017
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Simon Trpčeski © Lube Saveski
Birmingham

Silent Cinema: Trpčeski and Măcelaru with the CBSO

By , 03 November 2016
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Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
London

Bluster and reserve: Steffens and Philharmonia play German romantics

By , 27 October 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 66: Revelatory and exhilarating Brahms and Dvořák from the Berlin Phil

By , 03 September 2016
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David Zinman and Misha Dichter © Patrick Gipson | Ravinia
Chicago

Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety highlights Zinman’s Ravinia program

By , 09 August 2016
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Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee
San Francisco

When is Tragic a triumph? When played by the New York Phil

By , 07 May 2016
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Denis Matsuev and Yuri Temirkanov © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Staggering Rachmaninov and bucolic Brahms from Matsuev and Temirkanov

By , 26 March 2016
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
Houston

Barber, Brahms win for Houston Symphony, despite Schumann disarray

By , 30 January 2016
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Swedish Chamber Orchestra © Ulla-Carin Ekblom
Dublin

Exhilarating Brahms from Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra

By , 05 November 2015
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Yuri Temirkanov
London

Moments of greatness from Temirkanov and the Philharmonia

By , 25 June 2015
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Chloe Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Chloe Hanslip impresses in the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Cadogan Hall

By , 10 April 2015
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

This is where the magic happens: Andrew Manze, Steven Osborne and the CBSO

By , 25 March 2015
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Daniele Gatti © CAMI
New York City

Maestro Daniele Gatti and the Vienna Philharmonic perform Brahms in New York

By , 28 February 2015
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Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

The Berlin Philharmonic's Schumann/Brahms Cycle part 2: not flawless, but finished strongly

By , 24 September 2014
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Franz Welser-Most © Roger Mastroianni
Amsterdam

Cleveland at the Concertgebouw

By , 22 September 2014
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Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Precision and controlled beauty from the Cleveland Orchestra in Prom 69

By , 08 September 2014
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Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Andris Nelsons © Peter Fischli, Lucerne Festival
Lucerne

An unqualified success: Nelsons conducts Brahms in Lucerne

By , 16 August 2014
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Simone Young © Klaus Lefebvre
Vienna

Simone Young and the Wiener Symphoniker at odds in Beethoven

By , 24 May 2014
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Gil Shaham © Luke Ratray
New York City

Ending on a high: Jansons and the BRSO conclude Carnegie's season

By , 18 May 2014
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Yuja Wang © Felix Broede
New York City

Yuja Wang brings breakneck speeds and high emotion to Lincoln Center

By , 17 March 2014
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John Axelrod © Véronique Jourdain Artists Management
Naples

Axelrod conducts Prokofiev, Mozart and Brahms in Naples

By , 08 March 2014
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Orchestre National d'Île-de-France © ONDIF / Eric Garault
Paris

Mendelssohn and Brahms with the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France at the Salle Pleyel

By , 19 January 2014
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Janina Fialkowska  ©  Peter Schaaf
Toronto

Janina Fialkowska and the Toronto Symphony's adventure with Lutosławski's Piano Concerto

By , 26 October 2013
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Arcadi Volodos,  ©  Ali Schafler / Sony Classical
London

Revelatory Brahms: The Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Barbican

By , 23 October 2013
****1
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Lionel Bringuier  © Jonathan Grimbert-Barré
Auckland

Lomeiko, Bringuier and APO make winning combination in Bruch and Brahms

By , 17 October 2013
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Vadim Repin  ©  Kasskara/DG
New York City

David Afkham conducts an all-Brahms Night at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

By , 16 August 2013
***11
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London Symphony Orchestra at the Lincoln Center with Gergiev  ©  2011 Richard Termine
New York City

Brahms, Brahms, and Brahms from Gergiev and the LSO in New York

By , 22 October 2012
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Valery Gergiev  ©  Alexander Shapunov
London

Tragedy and triumph: Brahms and Szymanowski from the LSO

By , 13 October 2012
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Sydney

A Romantic Symphony at Sydney Opera House

By , 22 August 2012
***11
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©  Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Exhilarating Brahms by the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Nézet-Séguin

By , 17 August 2012
****1
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